One week

By: Arjen Drost

Feb 19 2012

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Category: Birds, nature, Photography, winter

5 Comments

Aperture:f/5.6
Focal Length:300mm
ISO:800
Shutter:1/320 sec
Camera:Canon EOS-1D Mark IV

Coot

Only a week ago the Netherlands was in the grip of cold weather and snow. As I only had little time to enjoy this short bit of winter, I went to a small ice holes in one of the canals near my home. This ice hole was occupied by several Coots, Mallards and a few Moorhens. The Coots regularly came ashore to feed on the grass. Always a difficult subject to photograph, a largely black bird, with a bit  pure white in the snow… I’ve tried it before on a sunny day, but the contrasts were too large at this time, which made it nearly impossible to take a good picture. A week ago the conditions were better, overcast, so with less contrast.
The grey edge at the bottom is a road in front of the bird.

Now, one week later, nearly all the ice has gone and it’s almost 25 degrees warmer….

5 comments on “One week”

  1. what a beautiful image🙂

  2. Yes, you certainly hit the jackpot with the exposure in this photo! Lovely photo!

  3. amazing shot, I’ve tried to capture these coots myself a few times, but it’s a hard job to get them right on a picture, I always struggle with the fact that the eyes of the birds will disappear in the black…


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